Winter Break Resources
The staff of the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach and Services knows that being back at home can be wonderful, but sometimes stressful. The list of resources below can provide information, support and diversion for you. The LGBT Resource Room will re-open at the start of the spring semester. We wish you a safe and happy winter break!
Need to prepare?
These sites have information about family relationships and tips for interacting with family and friends:
HRC guide for coming out to your family and friends
Want to Know Common Questions Parents Ask?
Tips for a Happy Holiday for LGBTQ People and Their Friends!
Tips for those who are friends or family members of LGBTQ people!
Need some simple things to relieve holiday stress? Need a distraction? Bored? When Facebook and Twitter loose their charm on about day 3 of break, try these fun sites:
Need someone to talk to? Need some help? Need some support?
Access information about emergency resources
The Trevor Project: (866)488-7386
This is a national suicide prevention helpline that operates 24 hours, 7 days a week. The hotline is aimed at helping LGBT and questioning youth. A live chat feature is also available.
The Gay and Lesbian National Hotline: (888)843-4564
This line provides confidential peer-counseling, information and local resources. The line operates Monday through Friday from 4pm to midnight and Saturday from noon to 5pm, Eastern Time. You can also email them at glnh@GLBTNationalHelpCenter.org
The GLBT National Youth Talkline: (800) 246-7743 (youth serving youth through age 25)
This line provides confidential peer-counseling, information and local resources specifically to youth up to age 25. The line operates Monday through Fridayfrom 8pm to midnight Eastern Time. You can also email them at: youth@GLBTNationalHelpCenter.org
The TransLifeline Transgender Crisis: (877) 565-8860
This line provides confidential peer-counseling, information, and resources specifically to transgender/genderqueer/agender/other non-cisgendered persons. The line operates seven days a week, and the times are included on the provided website: http://www.translifeline.org
Non-Crisis Methods of Comfort
The December Project
The December project is a volunteer outfit present during the holidays. It is not a crisis hotline, but is instead a resource for transgender people and those that love them, that need to talk to someone during the holiday season. Many transgender people struggle with feeling lonely and isolated over the holidays, and this is a response to that. The plan is simple. If you are trans – or if you love someone who is trans – and you need a friendly voice, email them and they will call you on the phone. In order to participate, you simply: 1. Send an email to the project runners at firstname.lastname@example.org. 2. Give them a few options for times and dates in which one of them can call. 3. Also leave your phone number within the email. Everyone on-line is trans or a partner of a trans person, and has had different lived experiences that way. For more information on the 2014 Program: http://www.myhusbandbetty.com/2014/12/05/the-december-project-2014/.
Your Holiday Mom
While not a method of direct communication, Your Holiday Mom has letters from "Holiday Moms" that write general letters to LGBTQ+/queer people in need of love, care, and affection during the holidays. Some of the Holiday Moms also read their letters outloud to create audio files so you can listen to them read their letter to you. If you struggle with your family over the holiday season and want feelings of universal support and parenthood, Your Holiday Mom is a great resource to make you feel less alone. Read and listen to letters from holiday moms here: http://www.yourholidaymom.com.
Need someone closer than that?
Find support in your community: http://resources.lgbtcenters.org/Directory/default.aspx